Build on your qualifications and experience to enter the rapidly growing tourism and events sectors with the Graduate Certificate of Tourism and Destination Management.
You'll gain specific insight into tourism and event policy development, build professional networks and build your capability to become a future tourism industry leader.
The course has four specialised tourism management units that focus on addressing contemporary and emerging issues and challenges faced by destinations internationally.
Embedded within an established suite of business programs, including Victoria University’s internationally awarded MBA, you'll be prepared to professionally engage with industry issues within the visitor economy. You'll also have the opportunity to continue further study with the Master of Tourism and Destination Management.
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School for the Visitor Economy
This course is part of VU's School for the Visitor Economy - a new cross-university school providing qualified graduates to Victoria's rapidly expanding tourism and hospitality sectors.
According to Deloitte, the tourism industry is identified as ranking second within a set of ‘fabulous five’ industry sectors that will drive Australian economic growth, with projections of almost five per cent growth per annum, over the next 30 years.
The Graduate Certificate of Tourism and Destination Management will equip students for roles in:
- Tourism planning agencies
- Tourism promotion agencies such as ‘Destination Melbourne’
- Managers of attractions
- Marketing and communication (events)
- Planners within the travel sector (airlines and other major transport providers)
- Self-employment through tourism management businesses.
To attain the Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Destination Management, students will be required to complete 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) consisting of:
- 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) professional core units
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Review and apply theoretical approaches for effective management decision-making in tourism and destination management practice;|
|2.||Appraise the economic, legal and political context within which destinations operate, contribute to creative implementation of sustainable practices and risk minimising strategies in contemporary settings;|
|3.||Collaborate within teams to apply creative solutions for industry, government and community stakeholders, integrating complex knowledge and ideas effectively to achieve shared goals;|
|4.||Contribute to the resolution of complex professional and industry problems and inform management decision making by applying cognitive, creative and reflective skills to collect, analyse and synthesise data and information to generate, implement and evaluate solutions;|
|5.||Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities, business and other related stakeholders;|
|6.||Demonstrate professional standards and leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and in a socially responsible manner.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: Full-fee
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.
How to apply
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
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